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What is An Audience Response System?

What is an Audience Response System?What is an audience response system? The simple answer is: handheld devices that are distributed to members of an audience at an event or meeting, allowing them to respond to prompts during a presentation. However, the simple answer doesn’t capture the wide range of capabilities that these devices do – or do not – have. The fact is, audience response systems vary greatly in their reliability and overall quality, so it is worth doing some research before choosing a company to provide this equipment.

Padgett Communications is a global leader in audience response system solutions, having served countless organizations ranging from professional associations to Fortune 500 companies since 1995. Our excellent reputation is partly thanks to our use of top-of-the-line audience response equipment that can be customized to our customers’ needs and used for many different applications, including:

Padgett Communications’ technology is far superior to that of smartphone apps, which are subject to frequent crashes, data loss, and other problems that make them unreliable. What’s more, we provide full-service support that differentiates us from other companies that may simply provide a box of equipment and instructions, leaving the complex setup tasks to you. When you work with us, we’ll ensure your event goes off without a hitch by sending a project manager to your location who will handle all equipment setup, software installation, and display configuration. Your project manager will even perform a pre-event rehearsal, so that you will be completely comfortable using our system. Plus, he or she will be standing by during your event to make any on-the-fly changes you may need.

Padgett Communications’ unrivaled commitment to providing top-notch audience response equipment and customer support has resulted in our maintaining a 100 percent success rate throughout the years. To learn more, contact us today.

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Reliable and versatile ARS voting solutions to fit any meeting's budget.

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Our onsite Project Manager will design and operate the ARS portion of your event.

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  • General & Breakout Sessions
  • Sales & Corporate Conferences
  • Elections
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Team Building
  • Education & Training
  • Focus Groups
  • Product Launches
  • Tradeshow Exhibits


  • Maintain audience engagement & involvement
  • Quickly build consensus
  • Streamline data compilation & archiving
  • Present poll results instantly
  • Illustrate complex concepts simply
  • Instantly archive compiled data for future access
  • Conduct fast, accurate, anonymous voting
  • Make instant demographic comparisons
  • Gather marketing information


  • Fortune 500 Companies
  • Pharmaceutical, Medical, & Health Associations
  • Production and A/V Companies
  • Professional Associations
  • Auto Makers & Transportation Companies
  • Syndicated Television Shows & Networks
  • Banking, Accounting, & Investment Firms
  • Energy Companies
  • Research & Technology Firms

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Competitive Team Building

Interactive audience response game shows can test a group on current and future products, company history, or important events. The game show format, while promoting team building, can also assess information retention and understanding.
Questions can each be assigned a specific point value to keep score. A countdown clock set to lively music will keep the flow of your game moving and audience members engaged as responses are collected. Track individual scores or create teams by table, department, or a demographic of your choice with our interactive audience response games.
An interactive game show format makes even the most mundane questions fun to answer - plus it seamlessly tracks all responses so you can document who knows what when. Padgett can design game board screens using your organization's colors and logos, and we can also create games based on popular television shows

TV's biggest names rely on Padgett

Check out Padgett's Audience Response System as seen on these national TV shows. TV producers know to avoid unreliable apps and low dough solutions when their professional reputations are on the line. That's why Padgett only uses professional grade gear and seasoned project managers. From backstage to ballroom, we've got you covered.

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Padgett Gadgett on Dr. Phil Padgett Gadgett on Dr. Phil
Padgett Gadgett on Dr. Drew Padgett Gadgett on Dr. Drew
Padgett Gadgett on The Doctors Padgett Gadgett on The Doctors
Padgett Gadgett on Anderson Cooper Padgett Gadgett on Anderson Cooper
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Your Meeting. Our Support.

Why should you choose Padgett Communications to create an audience response program for your next event?

Because we understand what you have riding on the success of your meeting, and we are the only ARS Company that has the caliber of staff, support, and technology that your event demands.

It's why many of the biggest companies in the world rely on Padgett Communications to capture all of their meetings and election data.

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